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Dr Güneş Tavmen is ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Digital Humanities, working on data-driven urbanism. Her postdoctoral project follows up from her PhD research on (open) data-driven practices, initiatives and discourses in the context of smart city planning in London, which she completed at Birkbeck, University of London. In her research, Güneş works to locate smart cities and data-driven governance within the wider debates of digital culture, and traces a historical lineage to the relation between cybernetics and urban planning.

Prior to her PhD studies, Güneş worked at a civil society organisation in Istanbul where she carried out policy research on ICT, digital innovation, and e-government. Following that, she led projects on digital surveillance and censorship in Turkey, which included preparing reports for the Association for Progressive Communications.

Güneş has taught across different subjects including technology and development, urban media and mediated urban, digital cultures and theoretical approaches in media studies.

Research interests 

  • Critical Data Studies
  • Urban media & mediated urban
  • Apps, APIs and urban infrastructure
  • Cybernetic urbanism